This time he'll try to give his team a chance to win their second straight series.
The right-hander hopes for the support he didn't receive during a solid opening day performance when the Giants conclude their home set with the Cardinals on Sunday.
Cain allowed five hits in 5 2-3 innings of San Francisco's 9-0 rout of St. Louis in Game 7 of the NL championship series last fall. He had allowed eight runs in his previous two outings against the Cardinals, including Game 3 of the same series.
After St. Louis (2-3) evened the current set with a 6-3 win Saturday, Cain looks to help the Giants (3-2) get back on track. He yielded four hits and struck out eight in six scoreless innings Monday, but his teammates had no answer for Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw in a 4-0 loss at Dodger Stadium."You can't worry too much about the other guy on the mound," Cain said. "You're expected to go out there and throw the ball real well, and that's what you try to do every time out."
San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings Saturday. St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma had three hits and Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth and finished with three RBIs as the Cardinals pounded out 11 hits after being held to three in Friday's 1-0 loss.
The Cardinals are in the midst of a challenging opening stretch that began at Arizona and San Francisco and continues at home against reigning NL Central champion Cincinnati and Milwaukee."This is a good team, a good lineup," said Beltran, who was 1 for 10 with three strikeouts in the first four games. "We have guys from top to bottom who can do the job. It's fun. As a player, you just want to go out there and be part of it."
Beltran is batting .364 (8 for 22) with two doubles, a triple and a home run, including the postseason against Cain.
Scheduled St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright has allowed a run over seven innings in each of his last two starts spanning the regular season and playoffs against the Giants. He is 2-2 with a 1.72 ERA in his last five overall versus San Francisco.
The right-hander gave up three earned runs and 11 hits while striking out six without a walk in six innings of a 6-2 opening day loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.
San Francisco slugger and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval is 3 for 13 overall against Wainwright, but went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs on Saturday. It was a much-needed performance for Sandoval, who missed 13 spring training games with an irritated nerve in his elbow and is 5 for 18 (.278) with two homers and four RBIs through the first five of 2013."You want me to tell you the truth? A little bit lost," Sandoval said about his swing due to the injury. "A little bit, yeah. I'm trying to get to the point where I was in spring training. Hanging in there and keep working hard."
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|March 26, 2013||David Freese||Day-to-Day||Strained back|
|March 24, 2013||Rafael Furcal||15-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|March 23, 2013||David Freese||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 22, 2013||Jason Motte||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|March 07, 2013||Rafael Furcal||Day-to-Day||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|February 22, 2013||Chris Carpenter||60-Day DL||Nerve irritation, right shoulder|
|San Francisco Giants|
|March 22, 2013||Brett Pill||15-Day DL||Recovery from minor knee surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Eric Surkamp||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Tony Abreu||15-Day DL||Left knee strain|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Matt Carpenter has no explanation for the sudden turn of events, other than a little bit of luck and a lot of aggression.
Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to allow nine runs in an inning since 1902 when Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals tagged him Sunday in a 14-3 romp over San Francisco.
"I wasn't as sharp as I was, for some reason, for the first three innings and it just kind of fell apart," Cain said. "I don't know that they changed anything. I just started making some bad pitches and they put good swings together."
The Cardinals chased Cain (0-1) while scoring nine times in the fourth inning. The last two runs came home on Carlos Beltran 's single off reliever Jose Mijares .
"He was great the first time through the order and then I thought we did a good job the second time being aggressive," Carpenter said. "Guys were battling up there and things started to roll for us and a couple of balls fell in. We did a good job of swinging at good pitches."
According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the team, Cain was the first Giants pitcher to give up so many runs in a single inning since John Cronin on Sept. 27, 1902, in the second game of New York's doubleheader against Brooklyn.
"It's one of those innings we couldn't stop the bleeding and the game got out of hand there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I can't say there was anything different he was doing. They just threw out some pretty good at-bats."
Adam Wainwright (1-1) pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits for his first win since signing a rich new contract at the end of spring training. He struck out six and walked none.
"Pitching against Matt you have to take that 0-0 mentality," Wainwright said. "I cracked first and I thought I had to keep it there for us to have a chance. Our offense did an amazing job. Against a pitcher like that you never expect anything like that."
Cain pitched a perfect game last year and helped the Giants win their second title in three seasons. The pregame ceremony included the presentation of rings to Giants Hall of Famers Willie Mays , Willie McCovey , Orlando Cepeda , Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry .
Cain retired the first nine batters, then gave up seven hits while getting just two outs in the fourth. Beltran, Carpenter and Matt Adams each drove in two runs during the outburst. Cain left after Carpenter's two-run single.
"I don't know what it is, every at-bat has been tough against him," said Carpenter, who is 6 for 7 lifetime against Cain. "All I can say he comes at me, gets ahead and I have to fight back into the count. He's as good as there is in the league."
Back in 2008, the Cardinals scored nine runs against Cain spread out over 3 2-3 innings.
Adams finished with three hits, including a two-run double in the fourth.
"I can't get over the two-strike, two-out hits we were putting together," Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny said. "If you're looking for a kind of offense, that's what we can be. It was a nice run there."
The Giants gave up their most runs in an inning since 2004 when Cincinnati scored 10 in the eighth.
The Cardinals' team record is 12 in an inning, accomplished last July.
Carpenter added an RBI double in the eighth. Allen Craig , Pete Kozma and John Jay also drove in two runs apiece.
Brandon Belt singled with two outs in the Giants' ninth to end an 0-for-12 streak and Nick Noonan followed with a single for his first major league hit.
NOTES: Cardinals 3B David Freese was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs in a rehab game with Triple-A Memphis. ... LHP Jamie Garcia (1-0, 1.59) starts Monday night for the Cardinals against Cincinnati. His eight wins against the Reds are his most against any team. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 0.00) starts for the Giants on Monday night against the Colorado Rockies . He has a career 2.39 ERA against the Rockies. ... Cain is 2-4 with a 6.18 ERA in nine starts against St. Louis. ... Cardinals RHP Joe Kelly was hit in the hand by Guillermo Quiroz 's line drive that went for an RBI single in the ninth. He will have X-rays taken Monday in St. Louis.